# Python List – Get Last N Elements

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## Python List – Get last N elements

To get the last N elements of a list in Python, you can use negative indexing and slicing.

For example, if my_list is a given list of elements, then the syntax of the expression to get the last N elements in the list my_list is

``my_list[-N:]``

The negative index count from end of the list. Therefore [-N:] specifies the last N elements.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to get the last N elements in a given list, with examples.

## Examples

The following are some of the examples, where we take a list of elements, and get the last N elements from the list using index.

### 1. Get the last 5 elements in the given list of integers in Python

In this example, we take a list of integer values, and get the last 5 elements in the list, and print it to standard output.

Python Program

``````my_list = [2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20]
N = 5
last_n_elements = my_list[-N:]
print(f"Last N elements : {last_n_elements}")``````
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Output

``Last N elements : [12, 14, 16, 18, 20]``

Explanation

``````2,   4,  6,  8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20  ← list elements
-10 -9  -8  -7  -6  -5  -4  -3  -2  -1  ← negative index values
↑________________↑
last 5 elements
12, 14, 16, 18, 20``````

### 2. Get the last 5 elements in the list when length of list is 3

In this example, we take a list of string values, and get the last 5 elements in the list. But the twist here is that the N value is greater than the number of elements in the list.

Python Program

``````my_list = ["apple", "banana", "cherry"]
N = 5
last_n_elements = my_list[-N:]
print(f"Last N elements : {last_n_elements}")``````
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Output

``Last N elements : ['apple', 'banana', 'cherry']``

If the -N exceeds the indices of the elements in the list, Python does not raise any exception, instead it considers the starting of the list.

## Summary

In this Python Lists tutorial, we have seen how to get the last N elements of the given list using slicing.

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